For the last five years, I’ve admired the Washington Post Peeps diorama contest and its colorful entries. This year, I wanted to give it a try.
I decided to tackle the convenient pun “WikiPeeps”. A few sketches came to mind, but ultimately, it was the image of Julian Assange interviewed while on house arrest at Ellingham Hall that seemed the most iconic and timely.
I started with a small shoebox which I lined with paper, felt, and a cutout of the mansion. The mug and camera are made of polymer clay, and I wove the scarf out of embroidery floss on a tiny makeshift cardboard loom. I recreated the December 2010 Time magazine cover and sewed a miniature version.
Is this a bit silly? Maybe. Was it fun to make? Definitely. But I wasn’t just trying to be absurd; for me, WikiLeaks has been one of the most thought provoking things to happen in years. And what better way to immortalize a moment than with marshmallow?